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Photos of Sony’s Canceled Player Phone Ericsson Xperia Play 2

21.09.2020
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Photos of the prototype of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 2, which promises to offer a high-end mobile gaming experience with physical control keys, but never introduced.

Most of us might think of the Razer Phone, Xiaomi Black Shark or Asus ROG Phone when it comes to ‘gaming phone’. However, Sony Ericsson, the middle phone brand of Japanese technology giant Sony and Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson, had launched a player phone long before the models we mentioned above.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, which was introduced to consumers in March 2011, had an extremely small (4 inch) screen compared to today’s smartphones, but was capable of competing with today’s player phones in terms of experience with the physical control buttons and trigger keys it offered thanks to its slide structure.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play design

Sony made a restructuring in the smartphone industry by acquiring Ericsson in the following process, and the follow-up phone of Sony Ericsson Xperia Play was never released. However, the photos revealed on Reddit revealed that Sony Ericsson was actually working on an Xperia Play 2 model.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 2 prototype

Xperia Play 2, which we can say that it has a much more modern design compared to the original Xperia Play, also has physical control keys and trigger keys that bring the mobile gaming experience to a higher level. However, as an important difference, we see that the second model has a clearly larger screen.

It is currently unconfirmed whether the photos shared on Reddit actually belong to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 2 prototype. Regardless, Xperia Play did a great job of accessing PlayStation games from a smartphone 9 years ago, and even today a new Xperia Play model could grab the attention of mobile gamers.

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